Core M getting Skylake refresh in second half of year

It's official: Skylake is coming this year. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference that Core M processors based on the next-gen architecture will arrive in the second half of 2015.

Computerworld has the scoop, but there isn't much to report. The new chips will apparently enable thinner tablets and longer battery life, though Krzanich didn't provide specifics on either front. As far as I can tell, he didn't mention plans to bring Skylake to notebooks or desktops, either. The rumor mill recently suggested that Skylake desktop and notebook parts will also be out later this year.

The only other revelation from the event is that Skylake will support Intel's second-gen RealSense tech. We learned in September that Skylake reference designs will have RealSense mojo, but this is the first reference I've seen to a new version of the tech.

There are a couple of RealSense flavors already, so it's unclear what form the second generation will take. I suspect it will be more advanced than the implementation in Dell's Venue 8 7000 tablet, which uses multiple 2D cameras to embed depth information in still images. Dell's initial RealSense demos involved a front-facing module with a 3D depth camera and dedicated ASIC.

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